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Tooth loss problems linked to untreated cavities and gum disease can leave you with significantly hampered oral function and an unattractive smile. Many people with a mouth in this condition also experience issues with the clarity of their speech and potential periodontal infections.

In some of these cases, a dentist like Dr. Jim Sobolewski might recommend extracting the compromised teeth that remain to start preparing your mouth for a complete denture.

After the necessary extractions, your gums will be sutured. An impression will be made of the existing oral structure to guide the dental lab technicians tasked with creating your complete denture. Our dentist might also provide you with a prescription for pain medication to help your gums to heal comfortably.

Early on you might want to limit your food choices to soft items to minimize the impact on your gums and the load on your jaw muscles. You should avoid drinking through a straw until all extraction sites have knit together.

If you use tobacco you should speak to your physician about a cessation program. Heat, tar and other chemicals introduced into the mouth can complicate the recovery process while also increasing your chances of suffering an undue periodontal infection. If possible, try to select a cessation program that doesn’t include nicotine lozenges of gum.

If you live in the Marathon, Wisconsin, area and you have been dealing with a decreased oral function from severe tooth decay or gum disease, you should call 715-443-2247 to set up an appointment at Szmanda Dental Marathon.